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May 25, 2013
The Port Orford Cedar Festival is an increasingly popular event featuring fine art, food, crafts, music, dancing, demonstrations and exhibit honoring the magnificent Port Orford cedar.
Sat, 9am - 4pm: Wood Art Show at American Legion Hall
Sun, 9am - 2pm: Wood Art Show at American Legion Hall
The following is from the Friends of Elk River website
Sacred tree. Port Orford cedar is precious to both Native Americans and the Japanese. Asians will pay dearly to have a little piece for their home altar, because Port-Orford- Port Orford cedar is similar to their native hinoki cedar. Native Americans consider this magnificent tree a healer:
A Healer: Port Orford cedar: its sacred stature among Tribes and American Indian spiritual practitioners
Port Orford cedar plays a significant role in the cultural, medicinal, and religious life of the many Tribes who inhabit its limited range. Historically, the Tribes lived within the deep canyons of fir and cedar canopy forests that influenced their daily lives. The Port Orford cedar tree held the same significance in the ceremonial life of all the Tribes it touched. Seen as a healer, every part of tree was utilized.
Today only a few Tribes are managing Port Orford cedar, the Hoopa Valley Tribe of Northern California being one. Their Forest Management Plan reflects and emphasizes the cultural and religious values of Port Orford cedar, as well as their concern for the Phytophthora lateralis fungus that is devastating this species.
There is a challenge before our communities to provide for the continued existence of The Healer as an active participant in its traditional ceremonial ways and in its sacred stature in the landscape.
Excerpted from a presentation by Nolan Colegrove,